RETRENCHED workers in Mandurah will be eligible for assistance from a $10.3 million Stronger Transitions Package.
Canning MRH Andrew Hastie said Mandurah had been identified as one of five key regional areas Australia-wide that could access the package.
The funding will help prepare workers in transitioning industries for jobs beyond their current employment.
“If workers do face retrenchment, the Government will ensure there is support ready for them,” Mr Hastie said.
“That includes training and skills transitioning services, intensive job-active support, relocation options and access to small business opportunities.”
Mr Hastie said support would begin prior to a worker’s retrenchment date and continue for months afterwards to ensure their transition was as smooth as possible.
“Work confers dignity and gives purpose,” he said.
“This package is about saying to workers in Mandurah: the federal government has your back.”
Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash said from July 1, retrenched workers would receive targeted support to help them move into their next job.
“The Australian Government is offering additional support because evidence from the automotive industry shows helping people before they are retrenched better prepares them to move to their next job, including the jobs of the future,” she said.
“Stronger Transitions will help workers back into employment, with elements of the support package based on the highly successful automotive industry Growth Fund model where government and business worked together to connect workers with new opportunities.”
The Stronger Transitions package
Skills and training support
Better connecting skilled workers to employers and training. The recently announced Mandurah Employment Facilitator role will continue to help affected workers to identify and pursue new employment opportunities. A Jobs Fairs will be held in Mandurah.
Supporting workers to relocate for new jobs
Providing access to small business opportunities